Italian Culture In Melbourne


Italy’s enduring cultural legacy, passion for life lived to its fullest and appreciation of the finer things will be on display as Melbourne plays host to La Dolce Italia 2016. The calendar of events will expose Australia to the richness of the Italian way of life, focusing on food, fashion, culture, family and the arts.

From the early days of the Victorian Gold Rush, to the birth of the modern café-culture, the Italian influence on Melbourne’s identity and way of life has enhanced all Melbourne has to offer.

Now the second largest ethnic group in Melbourne, Italian artisans over the years have instilled in our society an appreciation for deliciously simple al fresco dining, luxurious fashions and a great passion for sport and art. Italian phrases have effortlessly become a part of our language and Carlton’s Lygon St, the ‘Little Italy’ of Melbourne, is a popular district for those seeking the pleasures of Italian culture and cuisine, without the travel.

La Dolce Italia was launched in Melbourne by the incomparable Sophia Loren in April 2015. The good will visit by Sophia Loren was an important curtain raiser for La Dolce Italia 2016.

The glittering event supported by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Premier Dan Andrews, the Italian Ambassador Pier Francesco ZAZO, and Italian Consul to Melbourne Marco Maria Cerbo launched La Dolce Italia and raised funds for the Alannah & Madeline Foundation.
Eventcepts delivered the new signature annual gala event to rave reviews and extensive media coverage for the outstanding diversity and excellence of the night’s entertainment. The positive response from a who’s who of people from all walks of life conclusively proved strong public interest in Italian icons and quality themed events that can generate energy, interest and excitement for Melbourne.Little wonder then that performers from across the broad spectrum of the Arts gleefully take up the opportunity to support La Dolce Italia, its Charity Gala Dinner and The Alannah and Madeline Foundation.  A galaxy of stars and celebrities will be in attendance and guests will be treated to some mesmerising performances from amongst the best talent Australia and Italy have to offer.

The evening in April with our international guest was hosted by MC’s John Deeks Australia TV network icon; star of Italian stage and screen, Lidia Vitale; and James Liotta, Italo-Australian actor, comedian and presenter.

The entertainment was by up and coming Italian popstar and star of acclaimed film “Ameluk”, Francesca “Franky” Giaccari; enchanted by Elly Oh as she continues her journey from Opera to pop sensation via her finals berth on The Voice; and Teresa Vee known for her vocals in the recording, “La Dolce Italia”.

Legends of the Southern Land featuring John Swan, Ray Burgess, Marty Rhone, John St Peetersand Tommy Emmanuel were a wonderful treat for admirers of Oz-rock.  They were also joined by internationally renowned songwriter, performer and storyteller Phil Walleystack with more stirring music and The Spectrum Dancers will dazzle the audience with a sumptuous rhythmic feast for the senses.